A History Of The ML10

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A History Of The ML10
The ML10 lathe was launched in 1968 as an inexpensive but very serious machine tool. Its' market place was to be just above that occupied by a number of popular small lathes, which were suitable for modelling and model engineering on a very miniature scale. The all important feature which put the ML10 well ahead of its' competitors was its' capability. If you could physically fit a piece of material between centres, instead of looking at it, you could actually machine it.

The first ML10 lathe left the production line on the 14th of October, 1968, and featured a hardened steel spindle which ran directly in the cast iron bore of the split headstock bearing.

The first major change came on the 18th of January, 1978, when the headstock was converted to taper roller bearings from serial number V137261.

On the 4th of May, 1979, the first Speed 10 lathe, featuring a two-speed countershaft, was launched from machine number VS143202M. This was followed a month later on the 6th of June, 1979, by the first long bed machine (serial number VSL144264).

The diameter of the threaded RH end of the leadscrew was increased from 5/16" BSF to 3/8" BSF. All imperial machines from serial number V144354 and all metric machines from serial number V144464 had the new screw.

On the 11th of September, 1985, at serial number 159991, the lathe was fitted with two new raising blocks and a new countershaft arm. This meant that for the first time, the lathe left the factory as a complete machine and no longer needed any assembly.

From lathe number V167714M on the 25th of March, 1992, a long cross slide was fitted as standard on all machines.

The Diamond 10 was launched on the 27th of November, 1993. This was the first time that Myford had offered a lathe direct to the public. The ML10 and Speed 10 lathes were discontinued.

PLEASE NOTE: The serial number of your lathe can be found on the front of the lathe bed at the tailstock end of your machine.

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